Power of Possibilities  Series

Upcoming Events:

October 27, 2016
Lunch -N- Learn: MD-Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Presented by MD-PACE. Learn how MD-Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) offers financing and project design to help facilitate energy efficient projects. Energy conservation measures such as solar energy equipment, geothermal energy devices, wind energy systems, water conservation devices, renovation or retrofitting of commercial buildings, HVAC upgrades and more are eligible.

GIEC Room 103 from 11:am-1:00pm

April 28, 2016

POP 2.0! Spring Entrepreneurial Summit:

 April 28, 2018 at Garrett College 9:00am-4:00pm

 August 13, 2016

 Mountain Maker Fest

    August 13, 2016 at Garrett College Career Technology Training Center 10:00am - 3:00pm

The Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (and the GIEC incubator), along with our regional education partners (FSU, ACM, HCC), would like to invite anyone interested to our FREE kick-off meeting of the Mountain Maryland Tech Network (MMTN). The meeting will be held at Mezzo’s in Cumberland April 12th from 6:00-8:00pm. 

We have formed this organization to provide a networking, interacting and knowledge-sharing “space” in Mountain Maryland for those involved in the tech industry as workers, ecosystem support, educators, etc.  This new organization will host regular meetings and events for those working-in, interested-in or contemplating a start-up related to technology. Many cities and metropolitan areas have tech networks and we have come together as partners to create one for Western Maryland.  

Please invite those you feel may be interested!

3rd Annual Mountain Maker Fest

Garrett College is hosting the third annual Mountain Maker Fest on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at the college’s Career Technology Training Center (CTTC) located in Accident. The program will have a smaller “footprint” and different components this year, with the focus centered on enabling and celebrating “makers” in the mountain region. The maker movement is a huge, global effort comprised of all those who make, fabricate or craft things for sale, fun or as a “do-it-yourselfer.” Makers include artists, craftspeople, techies, woodworkers, metalworkers, LEGO enthusiasts, electronic designers, and engineers, and are represented throughout the Western Maryland region.

The highlight of this year’s event will be an attempt to create the largest-ever Great Ball Contraption in Garrett County. All those wishing to participate will take part in creating this, hopefully, record contraption made of LEGOs and other materials. The effort will be led by Chuck Trautwein and his team of LEGO gurus and will take place in the back bay of the CTTC building.

The third component of this year’s event will be a one-hour period where various regional makers share their products and processes and answer questions. Presentations for these quick (about 10 minutes each) “show-and-tell” sessions include fly fishing “ties,” seed bag crafts, knitting art, and others. There will also be a few interactive maker exhibits available in the building during the day for all to experience high- and low-tech efforts. Discussion and questions are welcome and encouraged. In addition, a follow-up meet-and-greet and discussion session is planned following this year’s event at Smiley’s in McHenry from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

Admission to the general event is free, and all ages are encouraged to attend. For additional information, persons are encouraged to visit www.4ruralsuccess.com or to register for the classes (the rest of the program is set up as a walk-in). Those wishing to participate in the adult maker show-and-tell by sharing their skills, ideas, and creations are encouraged to contact Mike Tumbarello at 301-387-3167 or mike.tumbarello@garrettcollege.edu.

MAKER FEST HAPPY HOUR MEET-UP ADD-ON: More info and to register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/maker-fest-happy-hour-meet-up-tickets-36608148959?aff=eac2 

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November 30, 2016
Lunch -N- Learn: MIPS / TEDCO

Presented by MIPS and TEDCO. Maryland Industrial Partnerships accelerates the commercialization of technology in Maryland by jointly funding collaborative R&D projects. TEDCO facilitates the transfer and commercialization of technology from Maryland’s research universities and federal labs into the marketplace and assists in the creation and growth of technology-based businesses in all regions of the State.

GIEC Room 103 from 11:am-1:00pm

April 28, 2017
Spring Power of Possibilities Conference!

The event will be on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 8:30am – 4:00pm and include breakfast, lunch, networking and access to a great host of presenters. The theme of the day is Creating and Growing Local Opportunities and, along with other activities, the following presenters will be on campus:

  • Dorothy Walters, President, Sewickley Spa, Inc. – Realizing dreams and making it happen!
  • Dr. Memo Diriker, BEACON at Salisbury University – Entrepreneurs: Are you a part of your community or apart from it?
  • Andy Richman, Partner, ProductSavvy – Lessons from Building an Innovative Product
  • Kendall Ludwig, President and Principle Designer, CurlyRed – Building a Dynamic and Powerful Website
  • Demian Costa, Managing Partner at Sagamore Ventures, LLC, Partner at Plank Industries (private investment office of Kevin Plank: CEO, Under Armour) – Community Development through Entrepreneurship

Click each button below to download the presentation from the May 5 event:

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 May 5, 2015

 POP Spring Entrepreneurial Summit:

 May 5, 2015 at Garrett College 9:00am-4:00pm

Past Events:

November 13-14, 2016
Bus Trip to TEDCO Entrepreneur EXPO

Garrett College, through the Garrett College Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, is sponsoring a trip for Garrett College students, faculty and others in the community to attend the TEDCO Entrepreneur Expo. Garrett College students must apply, using this form, for the opportunity to attend the Expo. Contact Mike Tumbarello, room 129 (GIEC) mike.tumbarello@garrettcollege.edu or 301.387.3167 for more information or with questions.

The bus to the Expo will leave the GIEC (#100 building) parking lot on Sunday, November 13th @ 2:30pm. After stopping in Hagerstown to pick-up students and faculty from HCC, the bus will proceed to Baltimore. We will have a light dinner together (no students are allowed to leave the Hilton for any reason at any time during Sunday and Monday).

To register for the bus and free student registration, go tohttps://form.jotform.com/62808047912963, and once registered for the bus, follow the link to register for the Expo.  Use promotion code SMstudents to get the free registration. Once you fill in the promotion code SMstudents, complete the rest of the application and print a copy that shows you have completed the registration process.  YOU MUST REGISTER ASAP for the bus/Expo once you have submitted this application to Mike Tumbarello. Please also let Mike know when you have completed the registration to the Expo.

Students will stay in rooms at the Hilton – sharing – and will then have breakfast and lunch at the Expo on Monday.  All accepted students will attend the Expo at no cost to themselves. Bus, food, lodging and registration are paid by the College.  We will all attend the FULL Expo and then take the bus home to the College after the Expo, leaving the Hilton at 6:30pm on Monday and arriving at the GIEC @ approximately 10:00pm Monday evening.

Students must complete this sign-up application in a clear and timely manner by November 9th, 2016, as only 20 students maximum will be allowed to attend this event at no cost to the student. Students will be required to collect at least five (5) business cards and submit a 2-3 page write-up (typed) that explains their experience on the trip and what they learned.  


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